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  • USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

    15 hours, 42 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The main U.S. foreign assistance agency is suspending awards to a non-governmental organization that five years ago was its sixth largest contractor. In a statement Monday, the U.S. Agency for International Development said it was suspending awards ...

  • Head of Justice Dept. anti-corruption section leaving

    17 hours, 19 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a Justice Department section that prosecutes politicians for corruption says he's leaving his position this week for another job within the agency. Jack Smith, who has led the Public Integrity Section since 2010, said ...

  • House bill on border security sidetracked

    19 hours, 21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have sidetracked legislation to secure the U.S.-Mexican border that is drawing opposition from some conservatives who say it does too little to stem illegal immigration. A spokesman says the decision was made to remove the ...

  • AP source: Apparent drone operator tells Secret Service he didn't mean to fly near White House

    19 hours, 52 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Apparent drone operator tells Secret Service he didn't mean to fly near White House.

  • Justices: No lawsuit against disgraced ex-Detroit judge

    1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has put an end to a civil lawsuit against a former Detroit judge who had an affair with a woman while he presided over her bid for child support. The justices offered no comment ...

  • Secret Service says a 2-foot 'quad copter' device crashed at White House complex

    1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service says a 2-foot 'quad copter' device crashed at White House complex.

  • Biden jokes of feigning interest in Obama's State of Union

    1 day, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — If Vice President Joe Biden looked captivated by last week's State of the Union address, chalk it up to good acting. Biden is joking about having to force himself to pay attention as he sits behind President ...

  • Spokesman: Secret Service recovers 'device' at White House

    1 day, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for President Barack Obama says a "device" has been found on the grounds of the White House. Spokesman Josh Earnest says early indications are that the device does not pose a threat to anyone in ...

  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

    1 day, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives who helped Republicans expand their control of Congress. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty. The chief causes are a higher number of establishment-friendly ...

  • Boehner's State of Union survival tip: Stare at Obama's head

    1 day, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — How to behave when 30 million Americans give your political nemesis their undivided attention in a televised speech and your job is to sit quietly behind him? House Speaker John Boehner tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that during ...

  • Senators: More special ops troops may be needed in Mideast

    1 day, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special ops forces to hotspots around the Middle East. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to ...

  • Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen

    1 day, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more ground U.S. troops to Yemen. The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to Obama. The president has said ...

  • AP Top News at 10:51 a.m. EST

    2 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone. Families in Liberia are ...

  • 5 things to know: Why crisis in Yemen matters to Americans

    3 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet ...

  • DC says it worked with subway on radio changes for 2 years

    3 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia is pushing back against the Washington subway system's explanation that firefighters had difficulty using radios during a fatal accident because it failed to alert the transit agency to changes it made to the ...

  • 5 things to know about political crisis in Yemen

    3 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet ...

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    3 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative ...

  • Obama says he wants to partner with mayors to make progress

    3 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says cities are engines of America's economic growth, and he plans to partner with them to make progress during his last two years in office. Obama hosted mayors at the White House Friday during ...

  • Pentagon: Training for Iraqi, Syrian forces moving ahead

    3 days, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. efforts to train Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants are moving forward, but that insurgents still control about 21,000 square miles of Iraq. Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon ...

  • Supreme Court to consider lawsuit against Austrian railway

    3 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether a California woman whose legs were crushed while boarding a train in Austria can sue the Austrian national railway in a U.S. court. The justices agreed Friday to hear an appeal ...

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